By Kelli Ann Davis
We were informed this week by NIMH Director Tom Insel that an important Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's (IACC) Implementation Workgroup meeting will be open to the public this Friday, August 8th by phone 888-455-2920; access code 3857872 or via the web HERE.
During the last IACC meeting on July 15, it was announced that the meeting for the Implementation Working Group would take place in private and the Federal Register entry from last Thursday, July 31st states that the meeting will be “closed to the public” with “attendance limited to invited participants.” Here's the body copy of the letter:
[Federal Register: July 31, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 148)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Workgroup Meeting
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Strategic Planning
Implementation Workgroup organized by the Interagency Autism
Coordinating Committee (IACC).
The workgroup meeting will be closed to the public with attendance
limited to invited participants. The purpose of the workgroup meeting
is to discuss future granting opportunities and budgetary requirements
for the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Research. The workgroup recommendations will be forwarded to the IACC
for consideration and discussion at its next meeting on November 21,
Name of Committee: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
Type of meeting: Strategic Planning Implementation Workgroup.
Date: August 8, 2008.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
Agenda: Review of budgetary requirements and funding
opportunities for the IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research.
Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001
Executive Boulevard, Room 8233, Bethesda, MD.
Contact Person: Azik Schwechter, PhD., Office of Autism Research
Coordination, Office of the Director, National Institute of Mental
Health, NIH, 6001 Executive Boulevard, NSC, Room 8203a, Bethesda, MD
20892-9669, 301-443-7163, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the IACC is available on the Web site: http://
Dated: July 24, 2008.
Director, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
[FR Doc. E8-17513 Filed 7-30-08; 8:45 am]
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Since that time, the decision to open the meeting to the public was made and we encourage individuals to participate.
The purpose of the workgroup meeting is to discuss future granting opportunities and budgetary requirements for the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research and is comprised of the following members:
• National Institutes of Health
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Autism Speaks
• Department of Defense
• The Simons Foundation
• Autism Research Institute
• Autism Consortium
• Organization for Autism Research
• Health Resources and Services Administration
• Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
• Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
• Department of Education Staff
In addition, we received the following letter from Dr. Tom Insel of NIMH (CLICK HERE) in response to our request for inclusion on the Implementation Workgroup. We will continue to work with the appropriate individuals to ensure that our voice is heard in this important process and we will keep you updated on any progress.
Kelli Ann Davis is the DC Political Liaison for Generation Rescue.